Anyone who follows the Bengals knows Mike Brown sucks. But I am not content just knowing, reading, hearing, or thinking about how much Mike Brown sucks. No. I want to SEE how much he sucks. Hence, enjoy the following chart I created instead of doing real work so far today:
- The black shaded area represents the win total for the Bengals each season since 1991 and is plotted against the left axis
- The transparent orange shaded area represents my best guess at the % control Mike Brown (and cronies) exercised over decision making each season and is plotted against the right axis
I assume Mikey & Co exercise full control (100%) until the Marvin hire in 2003 at which point Marvin handles the biz (10% stays with Mikey). Mikey slowly creeps back into the picture in the background (2004 & 2005) making his full presence felt again sometime 2006. He hits his highest point (80%) since he hired Marvin this past year. As I said, extremely scientific stuff here.
Just for kicks I ran the correlation between these two data sets (wins and % control) and found a staggering -.69 correlation with overwhelming statistical significance tested at the 5% level*. The implication: The success of your favorite team varies inversely with the managerial control of a man who possesses dictatorial power over said team for life. Awesome.
*this data was not tested at all and was actually subjectively crafted to maximize negative correlation while still being plausible just to make an overwhelmingly obvious point